Montreal bridge gets safety boost

MONTREAL — One of Canada’s busiest bridges is set to receive federal funding in an effort to ensure the safety of Montreal’s motoring public.

The federal government will contribute $50 million to redeck the Honoré Mercier Bridge and $11 million to reconfigure the access roads and ramps to the Champlain Bridge.

"Many Quebecers rely on these bridges daily to commute to work and return home to their families," said Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird. "This investment allows for faster commute times, promotes trade and tourism, and boosts Quebec’s economy."

According to Transport Canada, the Champlain Bridge is the busiest in Canada, with an estimated 58 million vehicles using it every year. Reconfiguring the roads and ramps that provide access to the Champlain Bridge is being coordinated and scheduled with the City of Montreal to ensure work on one section is complete before beginning the next. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2009.

The contribution for the Honoré Mercier Bridge is added to $85 million granted to the project in 2006. Construction began this year and is scheduled to be complete in 2010. Approximately 28 million vehicles use the bridge each year.

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